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Matt LemkeSnowy climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 17, 2015

Matt Lemke

Lots of snow...beautiful day, no wind, warm temps, awesome glissading. We went up the east face.
Posted Apr 19, 2015 10:46 pm

MorlowBeautiful area!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2010


Realized I never signed the log for the first time I climbed Koch! Koch was the first summit I got in the Madisons and it led me to climb a bunch of the other peaks in the range. Really stunning view from the summit of the whole Madison range.
Posted Feb 19, 2015 9:01 pm

MorlowStandard route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2012


Climbed via the standard route today with my buddy Nathan. It was a beautiful, relaxing climb minus the smoke. Views were hindered by the smoke but it was great nonetheless.
Posted Sep 11, 2012 11:02 pm

ianc82Re: Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: august, 2002


Too many? C'mon Jerry that's part of what makes this Montana:) Summitted solo last week. Very memorable. Look forward to your Bozeman visit.
Posted Jun 13, 2012 12:06 am

ianc82Amazingly clear skies.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2012


Standard route from the SE saddle. Exceptionally clear blue skies. High for day was 50 in the high country. Nice firm snow till mid afternoon. Amazing views with visibility all the way from the Bridger Range to The Tetons! Never saw a single other soul. Saw 3 moose and 2 elk, all on different occasions. Why I love Montana...
Posted Jun 13, 2012 12:02 am

JoleeElectric  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2008


Stormy day on top of Koch. Climbed the north ridge
Posted Sep 19, 2011 11:58 pm

Alcas24Standard  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2009


Did the standard route up Tumbledown Creek today. Round trip in a little over 5 hours despite last night's debauchery. Koch Basin is really beautiful. Didn't see any bears or even any sign. I added a note about the road/trailhead in the "Additions and Corrections" section.
Posted Aug 22, 2009 12:39 am

b.Electric!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2008


Climbed the north ridge from Tumbledown Creek. The ridge and even the notch was easier than expected (says 5th class, I thought 4th class). Once out of the notch we both had hair standing on end on our arms so we ran over the summit and down the descent. Jolee got the buzz in her hair just as we passed the summit. Snowed, then rained, then turned into a beautiful day for the hike out. The route took less than 3 hours from our camp at the first lake.
Posted Jul 21, 2008 11:12 am

CBakwinRoute Climbed: SE ridge Date Climbed: September 16, 2005  Sucess!


Climbed the route discribed on this site, but I think Tumbledown Creek might be a better way. I will try to add this route. A liesurly 5 hours up Three down. Fantastic views of Sphinx, Imperial even Hilgard, Cowan and Electric.
Posted Sep 17, 2005 10:57 am

bakcastRoute Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: June 2004  Sucess!


Climbed on a cold, snowy June day. Instead of ascending the southeast standard ridge which is written about in a number of guide books, we choose to explore the north ridge and glissade down the southeast route (class 2). The north ridge was decidedly more difficult as the view from lower Koch basin does not allow you to see the formidable notch which is visible from the upper Koch basin. A short but scary section of easy 5th class rock in the notch just below the summit was easy without a rope for us, but our dogs were quite unhappy.

We hope to retrun to Koch to ski the "east couloir" which originates in the aforementioned notch.

14 miles round trip, ~3500' elevation gain, 7.5 hours and no grizzly bears but plenty of black bear sign.

Posted Jun 22, 2004 5:11 pm

Jerry LRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: august, 2002  Sucess!

Jerry L

Too many grizzly bears !!!
Posted Aug 17, 2002 1:55 pm

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